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Petris Center Research Cited in Wall Street Journal Article “Why Americans Spend So Much on Health Care—In 12 Charts”

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
The Petris Center’s research on health care market concentration was cited today in the Wall Street Journal article “Why Americans Spend So Much on Health Care—In 12 Charts.” As the article explains, one reason health care prices are rising is due to increasing conce

Dr. Scheffler Quoted in SF Chronicle Article Discussing Expansion of Maternity Care, Economic Drivers

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
In an article discussing expanded care in a new San Francisco hospital, Petris Director Dr. Richard Scheffler was quoted regarding the general trend of hospitals in California towards maternity care in general. The article, titled “SF’s newest hospital to expand maternity care,

Fulton, Arnold, and Scheffler Publish New Commonwealth Fund Blog: “Market Concentration Variation of Health Care Providers and Health Insurers in the United States”

Posted on 30 Jul 2018
Today, the Commonwealth Fund published a new To The Point Blog by the Petris Center’s Brent Fulton, Daniel Arnold, and Richard Scheffler. The blog, titled, “Market Concentration Variation of Health Care Providers and Health Insurers in the United States”, discusses t

New Policy Brief – “The Anxious Generation: The Causes and Consequences of Anxiety Disorder Among Young Americans”

Posted on 18 Jul 2018
Over the past year, the Petris Center has been conducting a study in collaboration with the Berkeley Center for the Future of Young Americans (BIFYA) on the alarming rise of anxiety in Millennials. The project has recently released its first policy brief, “The Anxious Generation

Dr. Arnold Quoted in East Bay Express Article “Surviving in a Hospital Desert”

Posted on 18 Jul 2018
Petris Center Research Director Dr. Daniel Arnold was quoted in the East Bay Express’ July 11th article, “Surviving in a Hospital Desert.” The article explores the impending closure of emergency services at Alta Bates in Berkeley and the consequences it has for commu

Petris Director Dr. Scheffler’s Analysis Featured in SF Chronicle Article Discussing the Shelving of SB538

Posted on 27 Jun 2018
Although the bill was withdrawn, state Sen. Bill Monning’s SB538 aimed to end the “all-or-nothing” contracting practice in hospital consolidation, which effectively grants large health systems and their affiliates greater power to set regional prices. Petris Director

Dr. Richard Scheffler quoted in Commonwealth Blog “AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of Health Care”

Posted on 22 Jun 2018
On June 12th, a federal district court approved the the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal. This decision is widely expected to encourage similar mergers throughout the US economy. Commonwealth Fund Pre

Petris Director Dr. Scheffler Testifies at California Department of Insurance Hearing on Proposed Aetna-CVS merger

Posted on 21 Jun 2018
On June 19th, Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler testified at the California Department of Insurance’s public hearing regarding the proposed Aetna-CVS merger. The hearing’s purpose was to examine the potential competitive effects of the proposed merger. Dr. Schef

Annual Health Policy PhD Award Created in Dr. Richard Scheffler’s Name

Posted on 16 May 2018
The University of California, Berkeley, has launched an annual award to recognize the best PhD paper in health policy and economics. The award is named the “Richard M. Scheffler Prize in Health Economics”, in honor of Petris Center Director Richard Scheffler’s distin

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